Color Codes separate generations. Numbers show generations.
First Generation 1 – BLACK – (Sons/daughters of Isaac) Sixth Generation 6 – BROWN
Second Generation 2 – RED Seventh Generation 7 – GREY
Third Generation 3 – GREEN Eighth Generation 8 – PURPLE
Fourth Generation 4 – ORANGE Ninth Generation 9 – Olive
Fifth Generation 5 – BLUE Tenth Generation 10 – PINK


Elizabeth Gregory 1 (ca. 1778-ca. April 1855), the only known daughter of Isaac and Alse Gregory, was born in Union District, South Carolina and died in Rutherford County, North Carolina. She married, as his second wife, Lafford French (ca. 1753, New Jersey – 11 September 1834, Rutherford County, N.C.). Nina Gregory provides the name of one child, John.

Lafford French’s first wife’s name is unknown, but there were nine children by that marriage. He must have married the first time around 1779, as his first child was born 20 September 1780.

After the death of his first wife, he was married to Elizabeth Gregory in January 1806 by William McDowell, Esquire, of Spartanburg District, in the home of William Renfroe. They remained in Spartanburg District until around 1824, when they moved to the part of Rutherford County, N.C. that is now Polk County (just over the North Carolina/South Carolina state line), possibly in the Mills Springs area.

Lafford named John Granway, John Moore and John Mills as persons who lived in his present neighborhood and knew of his military service when he applied for his federal pension on 19 October 1832. When Elizabeth Gregory French was applying for her husband’s pension, on 4 November 1854 in Spartanburg District (she was still a resident of Rutherford County, N.C.), she stated that there were children by her marriage to French and that she had a son living in Spartanburg.

A list of the children of Lafford French and Elizabeth Gregory was found in Lafford French’s Bible: John French (ca. December 1806); Jane French (ca. 1808); Margaret French (ca. 1810); Thomas French (ca. 1812); Berry French (ca. 1814).

Lafford French entered the South Carolina Militia as a horseman and scout from Spartanburg District under the command of Colonel John Thomas, Sr. and Captain David McDowell in 1778 or 1779. He also served under Colonel John Thomas, Jr., son of John Thomas, Sr., marching from York District, S.C. to Musgrove Mill on the Enoree River, where they were met by Colonel Clarke and Colonel Shelby for that battle. Then they went to a rendezvous at Mountain Creek in Rutherford County, N.C. to await the return of Colonel Clarke who had taken the prisoners captured at Musgrove Mill to Salisbury, N.C. Lafford served in a company of Rutherford Militia commanded by Captain James McFadden in an expedition against the Cherokee Indians.

John French 2 married Matilda -?- and had at least six children: Lafford F., ca. 1839; Elizabeth, ca. 1843; Martha, ca. 1845; Caroline, ca. 1849; John, ca. 1851; and Decatur, ca. 1854.

The above names and birth dates of the children of John and Matilda French were obtained from the 1850 and 1860 censuses of Spartanburg, South Carolina.